Mr. Obama didn’t use the word terrorism, but he did refer to ‘acts of terror.’
Sept. 12: “Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed. And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”
“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”
That was the whole thing Mittens got himself all knotted up over, and that didn’t work out so well.
And, no, LLM, Rice doesn’t answer to the CIA, but clearly the White House was relying upon the CIA for comments upon the attack. I’m not sure we’ll ever know exactly what happened, but my take is there was no conspiracy or attempt to cover up, and security was inadequate based on where in the world it was…but it was also just a consulate, though there are indications it was acting as a front for the CIA…which also makes sense.